Salad with Mint Dressing

7 03 2013

ImageThe best thing you can make from a bursting garden is a big, beautiful salad!

And that is what we did this week. It was fantastic. We had a great turn out, with lots of kids clamoring to help make our harvest in to something delicious.

The kids gathered up what was on hand and we put it all together in to a GORGEOUS salad. We were able to harvest the first of the shelling peas, a lot of mint, radishes, nasturtium flowers, carrots and celery. We blanched the peas along with some bok choy greens in some salted boiling water and then everything went together with an amazing salad dressing that was SO simple!

How simple?

Three weeks ago we picked and dried some mint. This week, we crushed that mint and added it to 3/4 cup of olive oil and 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. Whisked together, it created an emulsion…that’s what it takes to make dressing, but what it really is, is “a fine dispersion of minute droplets of one liquid in another in which it is not soluble or miscible.”  And it was delicious.

Amazing, how much we can learn in the garden.

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